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Poll Clubs 2016: Womb

WOMB

Poll Address: 
Tokyo, Japan
Capacity: 
1000
Synonym: 
womb (tokyo)

2016 saw this four-floor club celebrate 15 years in action by focusing even more on local talent. Located in Shibuya, it is usually known for offering up both cool and credible talents such as Nina Kraviz, DJ Tennis and Ben Klock, as well as bigger house names like Nic Fanciulli and drum & bass stars like DJ Marky.

As EDM continues to spread east, this club has reacted and now offers a fair smattering of EDM parties. The sleek and futuristic club, with its typically avant garde lights, lasers and massive disco ball, also hosts various festivals and special showcases with the likes of 2manyDJs and excellent local label Mule Electronic.

The start of 2016 saw it closed for a month for renovations but it is now back even better than ever with Andrew Weatherall, Henrick Schwarz and DJ Zinc all booked to play the coming months. Add into all this a notoriously friendly crowd and well-tuned soundsystem and you can see why it is the club that every decent DJ is desperate to play at.a 

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Poll Clubs 2016: EGG LDN

Like its namesake, Egg LDN is a blank canvas of possibility and its one constant, since opening 13 years ago, has been to constantly evolve. Case in point: in the last year the Garden was enclosed, turning it into to a another main room to join the Basement, the Terrace, the Loft and The Apothecary, multiplying the club's creative possibilities

These are fully exploited by parties such as Sabajaq and Berlin Berlin, which mix underground music, from the likes of Kate Simko, Mark Henning and ZDS, with a host of talented performers drawn from the ranks of the capital.

It's not just an eye for production that sets Egg apart though. Powered by a custom-built Flipside system, its sound is second to none. This makes it the perfect platform for our own DJ Mag Sessions, where we've hosted the likes of Pan-Pot, Omar S and ItaloJohnson over the last 12 months, many of these acts set to return to the club after their experiences. 

It's a similar level of quality across the other roster of nights. The monthly Familia recently welcomed the Matthias Tanzmann, the Moon Harbour boss immediately posting the six-hour set he played on his SoundCloud, while in-house promotion Egg Presents continues to attract big names from the Adana Twins to Todd Terry. It was the final marathon Trade that will go down as one of the parties of 2015, though. Nina Kraviz, Nicole Moudaber and Christian Smith amongst those joining a procession of past guests and residents.

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Poll Clubs 2016: CACAO BEACH

Cacao Beach

Poll Address: 
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Capacity: 
1500
Address: 
8240 Sunny Beach
Sunny Beach
Bulgaria
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
cacao beach club (sunny beach)
Closed: 
No
Email: 
contact@cacaobeach.bg

Bulgaria might be best known as the home of live techno specialist KiNK, but these days you’d be remiss if you weren’t also to mention Cacao Beach Club. Taking cues both musically and stylistically from the hedonism of Ibiza, it is a fancy beach club with clean white design, a covered but open terrace and lots of ashen decking and sun loungers on which to relax. The sun and sea breeze flows through the place and from the beach all around it you can watch the sun go down and come up again all whilst an on point election of beats plays out behind you.

After a big refurb in the last year the club, which first opened in 2003, it's now stylistically smart and looks and feels like a hidden paradise on some luxury Caribbean getaway. Playing the last 12 months of events have been a credible selection of guests from across the house and techno spectrum including the likes of Steve Lawler and Hot Since 82, Chris Liebing and Dubfire, Fatboy Slim and Hector Couto. For anyone looking for an alternative to the boozy and pricey White Isle, this place is a must.

 

 

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Poll Clubs 2016: PRIVILEGE IBIZA

A true sanctuary of electronic music, Privilege is one of the globe's most historic nightspots. Starting out in the '70s under the name Club San Rafael, Privilege was no more than a community swimming pool with a small bar attached, where locals rubbed shoulders with European tourists.

Under new ownership, the club hit its stride in the '80s, transforming into the hedonistic house music haven we know today. Music-wise, Privilege has morphed with the times — they've hosted residencies from Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and other trance heavyweights throughout the '00s, whilst long-standing club-nights Manumission and SuperMartxé still draw huge crowds to the club every week.

It’s also often been touted as the biggest in the world — its main room is the size of an aircraft hanger with a 25m-high ceiling, plus several gardens and chill-out spaces, two VIP areas and 14 bars. Privilege's Vista Club is responsible for the club's more underground sounds, most notably Darius Syrossian's new night Do Not Sleep, that will welcome weekly guests to its booth over the coming season.

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Poll Clubs 2016: VERSUZ

Versuz

Poll Address: 
Hasselt, Belgium
Capacity: 
3000
Address: 
Gouverneur Verwilghensingel 70
3500 Hasselt
Belgium
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
versuz (hasselt)
Closed: 
No

Belgium has long been a hotbed of dance music activity, right back to the days of EBM, the techno heyday of the early '90s and on through acts like Soulwax, Kolombo and Peter Van Hoesen. They have an internationally renowned festival scene to match, with ridiculously overblown, supersize gatherings like Tomorrowland and I Love Techno taking care of the more discerning end of the techno-loving spectrum.

For those locals who like their beats bigger and glossier, however, they turn to the no expenses spared party and posers paradise that is Hasselt-based club Versuz. The place boasts a limo service, many glass chandeliers, a plush patio, even smarter VIP space and well-designed outdoor terrace for open-air chilling. There is also a whiskey and cigar lounge, restaurant and more intimate Black Box. As such it is a versatile space that welcomes the likes of Pacha and has residents such as Dave Lambert, Delafuno, Tom Leclerc and Lady S amongst many others. Guests like Bob Sinclair, Funkerman, Chocolate Puma and Fedde Le Grand give you an idea of what to expect on any given weekend.

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Poll Clubs 2016: SURRENDER/ENCORE BEACH CLUB

Since first opening the velvet rope, Surrender and its adjoining pool party area outside, Encore Beach Club, remain one of the staple haunts for electronic dance music in Las Vegas. Part of the same complex that houses XS, the name this mega club yields read like an EDM superstar rap sheet: Avicii, David Guetta, Diplo, Fedde Le Grand, Martin Solveig and Steve Angello are just some of the names exclusive to the owners, Wynn Las Vegas.

A few years ago, not many people — bar Paul Oakenfold, Steve Wynn, Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella and few other key nightlife impresarios — could have imagined how dance music would take off in Sin City, but it's everywhere — and Surrender/Encore Beach Club has not only played a pivotal role in this but continued to push the ball forward in keeping The Strip laden with fist-pumpers.

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Poll Clubs 2016: NEW CITY GAS

New City Gas

Poll Address: 
Montreal, Canada
Capacity: 
3500
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
new city gas (montreal)
Closed: 
No
Email: 
info@newcitygas.com

New City Gas is Montreal’s sprawling, 40,000 square foot power plant-turned-dance-haven. Despite the raw, industrial space it inhabits, the club’s music vibe is less underground grit and more big-room beats. Pumping out EDM on a regular basis with some of the biggest names in the international dance music scene, New City Gas serves night revellers in search of something other than the techno and experimental electronic sounds the French Canadian city is known for.

Showtek, Markus Schulz, Dannic, and Dyro are just a few of the recent acts to grace this club’s booth, and New City Gas’ state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems might be one reason why. What DJ doesn’t want to play to a crowd bombarded by a dazzling audio-visual spectacle accompanied by their beats? Four years strong and going, this old power plant that once supplied the city’s street lights continues to illuminate Canadian nights.

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Poll Clubs 2016: AQUARIUS

Aquarius

Poll Address: 
Pag, Croatia
Capacity: 
4000
Address: 
Aleja Matije Ljubeka 19
53291 Zagreb
Croatia
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
aquarius (novalja)

Aquarius is one of the many Croatian hotspots that have become well known to clubbers all over Europe in recent years. Offering a less commercialised, more organic alternative to the White Isle, this place is best known as the location for Hideout Festival and our own DJ Mag Beach Festival as well as Zrce Spring Break and New Yorker Fresh Island, whilst in 2016 it will also host Sonus Festival for the fourth time. During the day, this mini-oasis of luxury is a restaurant and bar, and by night a club. It boasts VIP service and cozy cabanas, as well as pools around which all sorts of larks can be had on various different platforms.

High design standards, two open-air floors and views of clear-blue skies and seas all help add a touch of paradise to every party. Headlining the events are a global selection of stars from big name EDM people like Axwell, to cooler-than-cool house and techno acts such as Zip, Dixon and Ricardo Villalobos. It is the many different festival offerings that make this place what it is, and there are so many of them that everyone can find something to love.

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Poll Clubs 2016: ICON

Icon

Poll Address: 
Orlando, United States
Capacity: 
2,500
Closed: 
Yes

Meet Icon, the Miami nightclub that moved into Mansion’s landmark mansion in 2015. At 11-years-old, Mansion was in its sunset years by nightlife standards and closed its velvet-roped doors in September. But as a South Beach staple and notorious VIP playground, it meant Icon had big dancin’ shoes to fill... and fill them it has. Not to be outdone by prior standards, Icon fills the historic, 30,000-square-foot space with art-deco inspiration courtesy of Miami firm Thirlwall Designs.

Much like its predecessor, Icon’s staple buffet of international superstar DJs will continue to dazzle bottle poppers and EDM lovers alike. The club’s January grand opening featured Ruby Rose, and the weeks following have seen the likes of Borgore, Deorro, Kyroman and DJ Mag’s 2015 Top 100 winners Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Mansion was a staple on this very Top 100 Clubs list for more than half its own life, showered with happy praise from diehards and angry Twitter rants from Deadmau5. There’s no reason to believe that the formidable Icon won’t be just as popular.

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Poll Clubs 2016: AVALON HOLLYWOOD

Avalon Hollywood

Poll Address: 
Los Angeles, United States
Capacity: 
2000
Address: 
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States
Address Source: 
residentadvisor
Synonym: 
avalon hollywood (los angeles)
Closed: 
No
Email: 
relations@avant-gardner.com

This club lives up to its name in plenty of ways, not the least of which is the historic structure it inhabits — The Hollywood Playhouse, built in 1927, has been home to countless prolific acts and events spanning generations, from the Beatles to the Grammy’s.

Not one to fall prey to ageing, the club received a major upgrade in 2014 which included, among other things, the world’s largest subwoofer club installation (40-inch cones; just ask Google what that means). According to

owner John Lyons, “It creates earth crushing subbass.” Needless to say, DJs taking the stage for Avalon’s wildly popular Friday night trap and dubstep-centric Control series are probably pretty happy campers. Of course, earth crushing bass doesn’t mean obnoxiously distorted: it means clean, crisp and all-encompassing. 

That’s why you’ll see the best names in deep house, techno and electronica show up for work here, too. Case in point, Avalon’s booth recently hosted dynamic duo Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren with the revival of their legendary Way Out West moniker and Hernan Cattaneo b2b Danny Howells. Old Hollywood would be proud to see legends still playing at its beloved Playhouse.

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